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Innovation grants focus on China

Members of the faculty are invited to submit research proposals for new Cornell China Center Innovation Grants, announced Sept. 17 by the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs.

The grants, $100,000 to $200,000 each, will target interdisciplinary, collaborative teams that plan to develop innovative research projects with far-reaching impact in and for China. Research teams should include two or more Cornell faculty members from different departments and engaged collaborators in China.

“We are thrilled to be announcing the RFP [request for proposals] for these grants,” said Wendy Wolford, vice provost for international affairs. “Our vision for the Cornell China Center is to build a bridge between Cornell and China, bringing great minds together to foster innovative collaborations and address critical challenges facing China and the world.”

Applications must clearly identify long-term research goals and intended impact, demonstrating a high potential either to attract continuous funding beyond the grant period or to help the center broker more resources for research.

The center expects to award up to five grants, to be spent over 24 to 36 months.

“Our initial priorities for this round of innovation grants include five themes,” said Ying Hua, academic director of the Cornell China Center. “These are sustainable development goals for China and the world, technologies for innovation, contemporary Chinese society, new urbanization and real estate innovations, and Chinese culture and global connections.”

Prospective applicants are encouraged to participate in an information session to learn about the grant and the application process:

  • Friday, Sept. 28, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. (153 Uris Hall, or via Zoom conference); or
  • Friday, Sept. 28, from 12:20 to 1:10 p.m. (153 Uris Hall, or via Zoom conference).

Deadline for a letter of intent to submit a proposal is Oct. 10.

Complete details are available on the Global Cornell website email questions to

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